Anchorage car-window vandal gets prison sentence

Posted: Friday, October 04, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for his role in an Anchorage vandalism spree that left broken windows in 180 cars.

At his Wednesday sentencing, Joshua Dickinson, 23, also was put on probation for five years. Judge Dan Hensley also ordered him to pay restitution in an amount to be decided later but expected to be more than $40,000.

Dickinson was charged in February with felony criminal mischief for using slingshots and steel balls to break windows in vehicles parked around town. He was captured when one victim chased down him and a second man cut them off and held them until police arrived.

Dickinson pleaded no contest in July.

Jason Fowler, 19, who is accused of being Dickinson's accomplice, is scheduled to go to trial on Oct. 14. Fowler reportedly told police that the two shot out the windows because they'd had a stressful day.

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